Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
Chris Gayle smashed his 2nd century of the tournament to help the Royal Challengers Bangalore cruise to an utterly comprehensive 85 run victory over the Kings XI Punjab.
Gayle smashed 10 fours and 9 sixes during a devastating 49 delivery innings which saw him become the first person to score two IPL centuries to help the Royal Challengers record a total of 205-6.
Virat Kohli (27) played the perfect support role during Gayle’s mammoth innings while AB de Villiers added 27 vital runs at the end of the innings to help the Royal Challengers set the Kings XI a run chase of 206.
Faced with such a mammoth run chase the Kings XI needed to get off a good start but their hopes were dashed after just one delivery when Adam Gilchrist was run out going for a quick single.
Abhishek Nayar (1) quickly followed and although Paul Valthaty offered a small glimpse of hope by dispatching Zaheer Khan for three consecutive boundaries in the 3rd over the Kings XI Punjab slumped to a heavy defeat.
Valthaty (21), Shaun Marsh (4) and Dinesh Karthik (20) all offered little resistant’s as the Royal Challengers increased their dominance to restrict the Kings XI to a total of 120-9 thanks again to Gayle who picked up three wickets to complete a perfect day.
The Royal Challengers good off to a good start thanks to Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan who shared an opening stand of 43 after being put into bat by Adam Gilchrist.
The pair got off to a quiet start scoring 17 runs from the first 18 deliveries before the game burst into life in the 4th over when Ryan Harris conceded 21 runs.
Having already bowled a maiden over Harris could only watch on as Gayle dispatched his first two deliveries for sixes before Dilshan ended the over with back to back boundaries.
Although Dilshan (16) was dismissed in the 5th over by Ryan McLaren the Royal Challengers continued to dominate the game thanks to the big hitting of Gayle.
The West Indian was at his destructive best reaching the half century mark in just 28 deliveries to put the Royal Challengers on top in a vital game for both teams.
Having reached 50 Galye stepped on the accelerator dispatching back to back sixes at the start of Kumar’s 8th over and Piyush Chawla’s 10th over before Love Abish conceded three consecutive boundaries at the end of the 11th over.
The run rate dropped slightly has Gayle reached the 90’s but the West Indian showed no signs of nerves to dispatch McLaren’s first delivery of the 14th over before completing a marvellous century with a boundary through long off.
With the game quickly disappearing out of the Kings XI’s reach Chawla struck back to end Gayles innings in the 15th over before removing Kohli two deliveries later to leave the Royal Challengers 155-3.